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Accessing Introduction to Special Education

Introduction to Speical Education is an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) process in Missouri. This web site may be used by anyone interested in knowing more about Special Education including parents, students, advocates, and other professionals. 

Accessing Introduction to Special Education

Introduction to Speical Education is an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) process in Missouri. This web site may be used by anyone interested in knowing more about Special Education including parents, students, advocates, and other professionals. 


Add-Us-In Kansas City provides career opportunities for urban youth with disabilities through a business led network.

Alliance for Full Participation MO

 A formal partnership of leading developmental disabilities organizations with a common vision to create a better and more fulfilling quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. 


  APSE-MO is the Missouri State Chapter of a national organization committed to improving and expanding integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for people experiencing disabilities.

ASD Transition

 An organization that assists youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families prepare and undertake transition.

BASE Project

 The BASE Project, in Springfield, provides students with opportunities to develop career awareness, exploration, assessment, and positive social skills.


 The Believe-to-Achieve program, in Cape Girardeau, is a nine-week on-the-job training opportunity for students with disabilities and at-risk students. 

Business Leadership Network of Greater Kansas City

 A business-to-business coalition that provides business-to-business mentoring, job fairs, workshops, and other resources for both employers and job seekers.

Career Training Program

 The Career Training Program (CTP), in St. Louis, is a community-based work training program.

Center on Transition Innovations

The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) provides evidence-based resources and information along with emerging practices in the transition of youth with disabilities

Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilites

 The Center highlights research-based strategies that produce optimal employment and career achievement for youth with disabilities

Community Transition Teams

 Community Transition Teams offer an avenue for parents and other stakeholders to elevate community awareness of and commitment to the improvement of post-secondary outcomes of youth with disabilities.

Employment First Policy (DD)

 Read Missouri's statement of commitment to Employment First outcome for individuals with disabilities.

Empower Missouri

 An employment resource tool for businesses and job seekers about strengths in a diverse labor force.

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Going to College

 A website designed for high school students that provides video clips, activities and additional resources about living college life with a disability. 

Institute for Community Inclusion Post-Secondary Education Options

 ICI highlights information and research around Post-Secondary Education options, outcomes, and recommendations.

Missouri AHEAD

 An organization focused on students with disabilities at institutions of higher education that offers Transition Training modules for parents, students, and educators.

Missouri Connections

 An on-line career planning tool available to students, parents, and transition professionals as a resource to assist with career planning. 

Missouri Family to Family Resource Center

Missouri Family to Family links you to information, parent to parent support, peer support, and volunteer opportunities.

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT)

 MITT promotes interagency collaboration in Missouri by establishing a group vision for improving outcomes for young adults with disabilities.

Missouri Self-Determination Association

 MO-SDA provides training and resources to an association of like minded individuals with and without disabilities who are pressing toward the goals of self-determination in life.

Missouri Transition

 Missouri Transition provides online resources and training for professionals regarding all aspects of transition, including self-determination.


 MPACT is a statewide parent training and information center with resources on a variety of topics including transition and self-determination.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

 NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Gateway to Self-Determination

  A clearinghouse on resources, training, and information on Self-Determination. The UMKC Institute for Human Development is a leading partner in the National Gateway project. 

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center

 NSTTAC provides technical assistance and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools, and other stakeholders so that students with disabilities are prepared for post-secondary education and the workforce. 

Office of Disability Employment Policy

 ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

PACER Center

PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities  to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services.

Partnerships in Employment

 PIE is working to increase employment by highlighting 8 state projects who focus on changing state systems and improving employment outcomes. 

Post-Secondary Education Success

 This presentation highlights the transition process to post-secondary education and post-secondary supports available. 

Project Rise-(Children's Mercy)

 Project Rise (Reaching for Independent Successful Employment) creates employment opportunities at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for individuals with disabilities.

Project Search-(BJSPH)

 Project Search helps students transition from school to work through hands-on experience and job-skills development.


 Project STELLAR (Supporting Transition to Engaged Lives by Linking Agency Resources) trains families to be effective partners in their child's transition to adult life.

Project STIR

 Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility), is training for self-advocates, their families, and supporters.  

Project THRIVE

 Project THRIVE (Transition, Health, Responsibility, Independence, Vocation, Education) is a two-year residential certificate program that provides job skills training and fosters independence. 

State Employment Leadership Network

 A State Employment Leadership Network has created a strategic plan focused on increasing the number of individuals with developmental disabilities employed in integrated community settings.

Technical Assistance on Transition and The Rehabilitation Act

 PACER's TATRA project focuses on helping families prepare youth with disabilities for employment, post-secondary education, and independent living outcomes. 

Think College

 Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability.

Toolkit of Resources on Agency collaboration

Resources about post-secondary transition for educators, VR Counselors, Independent Living Specialists, and families

Transcen, Inc. Career and Workforce Development

 TransCen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization developing creative and innovative projects in school-to-work transition, education systems change, and employment for people with disabilities.

Transition Coalition

 This website includes descriptions of successful models for transition and provides a place for professionals to share resources, experiences, and ideas.

Transition to Empowered Lifestyles

 Transition to Empowered Lifestyles for young adults with disabilities, an initiative of MPACT, enhances the capacity of students and their families to be self-determined in planning and obtaining desired lifestyles in their community upon graduation.

U.S. Business Leadership Network

 Business Leadership Network is a business-to-business coalition that provides networking opportunities and shares best practices for employing people with disabilities as part of a sound diversity strategy.

VCU Work Support

 The Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC develops and promotes evidence-based practices to increase employment and provides resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives.

Vocational Rehabilitation Missouri

 VR specializes in employment and training services that can assist individuals with I/DD in becoming employed.